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Department of Geology events archive 2009

  • 1.00-2.00 pm Thursday 29 October
    Professor Jonathan Aitchison, The University of Hong Kong
    "India-Asia Collision:When did it happen?"
    Change of venue to Quad 1
  • 1.00-2.00 pm Wednesday 28 October
    Professor Peter Cawood, The University of Western Australia
    "Making Mountains:Drivers and Consequences"
    Geology Dept, Benson Common Room, Gn9, Geology Building
  • Public lecture: Thursday 15 October 2009
    5.30 pm. St David Lecture Theatre

    Past Climates: 50 years of deep ice core drilling in Antarctica and Greenland
    Dr Tony Gow, US Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, Hanover, New Hampshire USA
    Award-winning Dr Tony Gow is a New Zealand-born glaciologist who began his career as a member of an American team conducting ice core drilling in Antarctica during the 1957-58 International Geophysical Year (IGY).
    In this talk he will take us along on a journey of ice core drilling and research at selected locations in Antarctica and Greenland. He will tell us how to date ice cores accurately and how the most highly resolved time scale in any earth-based material can be obtained.
    Insights from the measurement of other physical properties will also be discussed, such as whether freezing or melting is occurring at the base of ice shelves. This event is sponsored by the Polar Environments Research Theme.
  • 1.00-2.00pm Thursday 24th Sept

    Kathy Campbell - Associate Professor University of Auckland
    "The paleoenvironmental and evolutionary significance of hydrocarbon seeps"
    Geology Dept, Benson Common Room, Gn9, Geology Building

  • 5.00-6.00pm Thursday 24th Sept
    Kathy Campbell
    - Associate Professor University of Auckland
    Hochstetter Lecture - co-sponsored by the Geological Society of New Zealand

    "Extreme life: Terrestrial hot-springs and the search for early life on Earth (and Mars?)"
    Geology Dept, Benson Common Room, Gn9, Geology Building
  • 1.00-2.00pm Wednesday 12th Aug
    John Chappell - Professor Emeritus, Research School of Earth Sciences, ANU    
    "Landscape evolution on a fast plate: from snails' pace in the center to up like a rocket at the margins"
    Geology Dept, Benson Common Room, Gn9, Geology Building
  • 1.00-2.00pm Thursday 6th Aug
    Christopher Moy - Stanford University, USA
    "Perspectives on Holocene Climate Variability from Andean Lacustrine Sedimentary Records"
    Geology Dept, Benson Common Room, Gn9, Geology Building
  • 1.00-2.00pm Thursday 30th July
    Dr Robert McKay -
    Victoria University of Wellington
    "Interpreting high-resolution sedimentary records of Antarctic Ice Sheet stability"
    Geology Dept, Benson Common Room, Gn9, Geology Building
  • 1.00-2.00pm Wednesday 29 July
    Dave Craw -
    University of Otago & Phaedra Upton - GNS Science
    Mountains, fluids, and gold in Taiwan
    Geology Department Common Room, Gn9, Ground Floor, Geology Building
  • 1.00-2.00pm Tuesday 28 July
    Richard Jongens and Simon Cox
    "The M7.8 Fiordland Earthquake, 15 July 2009 - immediate observations and preliminary results"
    GNS Science, Cumberland Street, Dunedin
  • 1.00-2.00pm Wednesday 22 July
    Chris Pearson - NGS Geodetic Advisor for Illinois (USA)
    Development of a tectonic model for deformation in the western US constrained  by (mostly) GPS measurements
    Geology Department Common Room, Gn9, Ground Floor, Geology Building
  • 1.00-2.00pm Tuesday 21 July
    Dr Abigail Allwood - Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA, Pasadena, CA, USA
    The oldest sedimentary rocks on Earth:seeking evidence of life and early environments Dr Allwood is an early-career scientist who is actively involved in research on the origins of life. Her publications include:
    Allwood AC, et al. 2006, Stromatolite reef from the Early Archaean era of Australia. Nature 441 (7094): 714-718.
    Allwood AC, et al. 2009, Controls on development and diversity of Early Archean stromatolites. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 106 (24): 9548-9555.
    Enquiries to Geology extension 7519
    Geology Department Common Room, Gn9, Ground Floor, Geology Building
  • FLUID FLOW - 5pm, Friday 17th July
    Geology Common Room
    Presented by Hamish Fraser   =D>
    Exploration: A Mongolian odyssey, and some other deposits

  • Climate Impacts on Antarctic Coastal Ecosystems
    with Steve Wing (International Polar Year)
    As desolate and barren as Antarctica may seem, rich ecosystems exist under the sea of ice - systems that are highly sensitive to changes in global climate. Marine ecologist Steve Wing from the University of Otago's Marine Science Department explains what is happening and why.
    Thursday 18 June, 5.30pm
    Barclay Theatre, Level 1, FREE!
  • Ozone and greenhouse Gas Contribution to climate change in Antarctica
    With Greg Bodeker (International Polar Year)
    Antarctica's unique climate offers an ideal natural laboratory to study the effects of greenhouse gases on climate change. NIWA Atmospheric physicist Greg Bodeker explains the latest findings and indications of his studies
    Thursday 11 June, 5.30pm
    Barclay Theatre, Level 1, FREE!
  • FLUID FLOW  - 5pm, Friday 5th June
    Geology Common Room
    Presented by Christian Ohneiser  
    "Drama, Laughs and a Whale Shark at the Pacific equator"
    Some stories and a little science from the 'Pacific Equatorial Age Transect' IODP EXP 320.

  • Growing Ice in the Dark
    with Pat Langhorne (International Polar Year)
    In complete darkness and subzero temperatures, University of Otago physicist Pat Langhorne has been observing sea ice growth in the depths of the Antarctic winter. With such extreme research conditions, the findings and experiences offer a unique and fascinating insight into Antarctic research.
    Thursday 4 June, 5.30pm
    Barclay Theatre, Level 1, FREE!
  • 100 Years of Geological Mapping in Southern Victoria Land
    with Simon Cox (International Polar Year)
    Where in the world is southern Victoria Land? GNS Science Geologist Simon Cox will track the geological discoveries from those made in the expeditions of Robert Falcon Scott to those made as part of modern expeditions.
    Thursday 28 May, 5.30pm
    Barclay Theatre, Level 1, FREE!
  • 1.00-2.00pm Wednesday 27th May
    Dr Nick Mortimer
    GNS Sciences
    Help! How do we determine the Paleogene subduction polarity between Northland and New Caledonia?
    Geology Department Common Room, Gn9, Ground Floor, Geology Building
  • Drilling back to the Future: Global Change and Antarctica
    with Gary Wilson (International Polar Year)
    Join Gary Wilson of the University of Otago Marine Science and Geology departments as he reveals the secrets of global change recorded within the sediments of Antarctica.
    Thursday 21 May, 5.30pm
    Barclay Theatre, Level 1, FREE!
  • 1.00-2.00pm Tuesday 19th May
    Dr Andrew Long
    (SEG South Pacific Honorary Lecturer), Petroleum Geo-Services Multi-azimuth and wide-azimuth seismic: Foundations, challenges, and opportunities
    Geology Department Common Room, Gn9, Ground Floor, Geology Building
  • 1.00-2.00pm Wednesday 13th May
    Prof Marcia Bjornerud
    , Lawrence University Earthquakes and eclogites: High pressure metamorphism under water-limited conditions, Bergen Arcs, Norway
    Geology Department Common Room, Gn9, Ground Floor, Geology Building
  • 1.00-2.00pm Tuesdy 12th May
    Assoc Prof Cliff Stanley
    (AusIMM NZ Branch Visiting Lecturer), Acadia University
    Lithogeochemistry: What you discover depends on where you stand
    Geology Department Common Room, Gn9, Ground Floor, Geology Building
  • 5.00-6.00pm Thursday 30th April
    Assoc Prof Linda Reinen
    , Pomona College
    The role of serpentinite in fault creep - Implications for the strength and sliding stability of serpentinized faults from laboratory friction experiments, numerical models, and field observations
    Quad 1, Geology Building
  • 1.00-2.00pm Thursday 30th April
    Assoc Prof Eric Grosfils (NAGT Distinguished Speaker), Pomona College Computational science: An emerging tool for undergraduate exploration of complex geoscience problems
    Common Room, Gn9, Ground Floor, Geology Building
  • 12pm to 1pm Wednesday 15th April
    Caroline Orchiston (from Department of Tourism/Department of Geology)
    Small tourism-reliant communities living with high seismic risk: disaster preparedness, risk perceptions and rural resilience
    Commerce 5.36
  • 1.00-2.00pm Friday 3rd April
    Dr Robert Buchwaldt, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Understanding the dynamics of the continental lithosphere: Insights from the usage of high precision geochronology within orogenic belts
    Geology Department Common Room, Gn9, Ground Floor, Geology Building
  • FLUID FLOW  - 5pm Friday 13th March
    Nicolas Barth
    , PhD student, Geology Dept.
    "Deep Places: Photos, stories and geology from 7 "days" in Lechuguilla Cave* and 21 days rafting the Grand Canyon"
    *the world's most beautiful and 5th longest cave Geology Department Common Room, Gn9, Ground Floor, Geology Building
  • 1.00-2.00pm Thursday 12th March
    Nick Goodwin, University of Manchester
    Combined noble gas and halogen study of orogenic gold mineralisation, Alpine and Otago Schist, New Zealand.
    Geology Department Common Room, Gn9, Ground Floor, Geology Building
  • 5pm Wednesday 4th March
    Professor Bruce Marsh, Johns Hopkins University, Mineralogical Society of America Distinguished Lecturer
    History of Antarctic Exploration
    Geology Department Common Room, Gn9, Ground Floor, Geology Building
  • 1pm Tuesday 3rd March
    Professor Bruce Marsh, Johns Hopkins University, Mineralogical Society of America Distinguished Lecturer
    Mush Column Magmatism:  an Antarctic Rosetta System
    Geology Department Common Room, Gn9, Ground Floor, Geology Building
  • 1.00-2.00pm Thursday 26th February
    Dr Rupert Sutherland
    , GNS, Lower Hutt
    Cenozoic faulting and exhumation history of Fiordland
    Geology Department Common Room, Gn9, Ground Floor, Geology Building
  • 1.00-2.00pm Monday 16th February
    Dr Dawn Cardace
    , NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California
    The deep biosphere on Earth and Mars: Learning from life at depth in the ultramafic subsurface
    Geology Department Common Room, Gn9, Ground Floor, Geology Building